In Mar’S Atmosphere Atomic Oxygen is Detected by Scientists


Atomic oxygen in the atmosphere of Mars has been identified by Scientists for the first time since the last observation 40 years ago. It was spotted using a tool aboard the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA).

  • To carry a 100-inch diameter telescope SOFIA is a Boeing 747SP jetliner adapted.
  • NASA and the German Aerospace Centre are jointly projected it.

Key facts

  • In the higher layers of the Martian atmosphere as the mesosphere the professed atomic oxygen was generate.
  • At Terahertz Frequencies (GREAT) it was recognized by disbursing the German Receiver for Astronomy, a progressive device on one of the observatory’s gadgets.
  • The SOFIA was active to observe only about half the quantity of oxygen expected, which may be due to differences in the Martian atmosphere.
  • In Earth’s atmosphere the explanations were likely due to SOFIA’s airborne location, flying between 37, 000 - 45, 000 feet, overhead most of the infrared-blocking moisture.


  • Atomic oxygen distresses other airs to discharge from the Mars and as a result an important impact on the planet’s atmosphere.
  • The detection enabled astronomers to distinguish the oxygen in the Martian atmosphere from oxygen in Earth’s atmosphere.
  • Atomic oxygen in the Martian atmosphere is disreputably problematic to degree as far-infrared wavelengths are desired to detect it.
  • However SOFIA help to notice it as it has highly sensitive gadgets counting spectrometer.
  • It should be well-known that the last capacities of atomic oxygen in the Martian atmosphere were complete by the Viking and Mariner missions of NASA in 1970s.

- Published/Last Modified on: May 9, 2016